Originally introduced at the 2016 New York Auto Show, the all-new, fifth-generation 2017 Subaru Impreza will hit Canadians showrooms in December in 4-door and 5-door body styles.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s the first to use the new Subaru global platform that will underpin all future Subaru models. With a 70% stiffer body structure, the company promises agility and crash protection levels that are second to none, as well as enhanced driving pleasure and ride comfort.
The new platform works in conjunction with a 2.0L 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine that’s 80% new, adding direct fuel injection and increasing power from 148 hp to 152 hp. The optional Lineartronic CVT has been upgraded, too, and now has a 7-speed manual mode with paddle shifters for improved drivability.
Still no Impreza Hybrid? Earlier this year, Subaru mentioned that its new global platform would be adaptable to electrification in the future, but for now there are no details available about a battery-powered Impreza.
Meanwhile, the 2017 Subaru Impreza’s electric power steering system is lighter, more compact, and boasts an improved steering ratio of 13:1 for a quicker response to driver input. The suspension system has been re-engineered and, when combined with the car’s lower centre of gravity, reduces body roll by 50% compared to last year’s model. Also, the brakes now require a shorter stroke for more immediate braking and improved feel.
Models equipped with the optional Technology Package receive extra safety features including high beam assist, rear proximity warning, reverse automatic braking, and lane keep assist. Steering-responsive headlights and Rear/Side Vehicle Detection have also been added to select trims.
Interior updates include next-gen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the new exterior design is best appreciated by looking at pictures like the ones below. We’ll leave you with this other bit of good news: Pricing for the 2017 Subaru Impreza is unchanged (starting at $19,995 for the sedan and $20,895 for the 5-door model).
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